There are centers of influence trying to make us forget it, however in terms of financial, human and symbolic capital the European Union is today way the strongest entity in the global landscape.
It's up to us, every single European, to make this rising superpower a superpower of democracy, justice, equality and culture.
We must be proud of what our parents and grandparents have created: Europe is today the best society ever created by the mankind. It's up to us to make it even better.
The Nobel Peace Prize is a call for action for every European. A call for action to turn this society of democracy, justice, equality and culture from a vision to a reality. The Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union actually brings a challenge ahead of every European. As far as I'm concerned, I accept the challenge. I'm confident that Generation Ten across Europe will accept the challenge. The Youth of Europe wilk accept the challenge.
We European, working together and putting European interest above the short-sighted national interest, will make the World, a better place.
For every European, the Nobel Peace Prize it's a duty, not an award. For every European, the Nobel Peace Prize is a call for deeper integration in Europe. A call for moving forward with establishing the European Federation.
Europe has paid the price of nationalism. It was a very high price, from any point of view. None of us will allow nationalism to rise again in Europe. The Nobel Peace Prize has been an alarm bell to all of us.
No, the nightmare of nationalism will stay away. The European project will continue, it will successfully respond to any challenge and the society of of democracy, justice, equality and culture will be our future.
Warmest congratulations to the Norwegian Nobel Committee for this inspiring, eye-opening, change-making decision!